GRANADA

GRANADA
"Granada, tierra soñada por mí!" (Granada, land of my dreams) says its most known song around the world. This land is magic in itself. Surrounded by Sierra Nevada Hill and built in the stones of wars between christians and muslims, it has the most impressive castle in whole Spain.
Granada was the last and most powerful Moorish Occupation in Spain. The city was founded in the 11th century and was one of the most important cities of Al-Andalus.
In the end of 15th century Granada was part of Spain again, when Fernando and Isabel, the Catholic Kings, defeated the Muslims in 1492.
Today Granada is a vibrant city, crowded with youthful atmosphere, fulfilled with colors and flavors of Andalusian people who enjoy and share the taste of their drinks and food with the free delicious tapas playing a main role in the everyday life.

DID YOU KNOW THAT…
  • The magical city of Granada has the same name as the Pomegranate? The Spanish word for this fruit is Granada and it became the symbol of the city. It appears everywhere throughout the streets as you wander the city.
  • The quote "Llora como una mujer lo que no has sabido defender como un hombre" ("Weep like a woman for what you could not defend like a man") belongs to Granada history? Due to an insurrection in the Alhambra, the last governor of Muslim Granada, king Boabdil had to seek refuge on a mountain and wept his defeat in the highest and furthest hill. There he sat to contemplate his defeated Alhambra. His mother reproached his son tears with this phrase. The hill it’s called “Silla del Moro” (“The chair of the Moor) and it is located beyond the Generalife (when viewed from the Alhambra).

YOU SHOULD NOT MISS
  • The Alhambra and the Generalife
The Alhambra is a "palace city". It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984. It is Granada's most emblematic monument and one of the most visited in Spain. Moorish poets described it as "a pearl set in emeralds," in allusion to the color of its buildings and the woods around them. The Generalife is an incredibly beautiful garden attached to the Alhambra which was a place of recreation and rest for the Granada Muslim kings.
  • Albayzín Neighborhood
The archaeological findings in the area show that it has been inhabited since ancient times. Its narrow streets arranged in an intricate network that extends from the upper area, called San Nicolás, to the river Darro and Calle Elvira, seem like a labyrinth.
Street Art. Granada hides an amazing, surrealistic and original “static” street art parade. The grafitteros are everywhere. Granada is the cradle of one of the most important iconic figures in the Graffiti world known as El Niño de las Pinturas.
  • Flamenco
Isn’t it Flamenco in Sevilla the best in Spain? It probably is. However, what Granada offers are different flamenco shows performed by gypsies called Zambra. Shows are inside the caves of Sacromonte, that are grouped around ravines, forming streets. The caves devoted to Zambra are spacious, white and adorned with shiny copper pots and are of course a must-visit of Granada.